Enjoying parks in a wheelchair
Monday 1 March, 2021
To make it easier for people with limited mobility to see the accessible experiences on offer in parks around the state, Parks Victoria has released the first in a series of ten short videos.
This video focuses on some of the best all abilities experiences at Wilsons Promontory National Park in Gippsland, and its release coincides with International Wheelchair Day today on 1 March.
It was produced and narrated by park visitor Ryan Smith, who uses a wheelchair. Ryan provides a first-hand account showcasing and reviewing the accessible features and facilities of the park and providing practical information that visitors with low mobility may require.
The video focuses on the accessible Loo-Errn walking track, access to Norman Beach and accessible park accommodation. It also includes information on visitor equipment available to borrow free of charge at Tidal River in the park, such as the beach wheelchairs, the all-terrain TrailRider chair and accommodation equipment.
The aim of the video is to inspire visitors with all abilities to get out to parks and connect with nature, to gain the many health and wellbeing benefits.
The video is the first of a series of ten short videos to be released by Parks Victoria in coming months, featuring other all abilities walks and experiences in parks.
To view the video and find out more about accessible parks around Victoria go to https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/all-abilities-access/park-accessibility-information/wilsons-promontory-national-park-accessibility
This video series was funded by Parks Victoria through support from the Department of Health and Human Services to inspire people with disabilities to get active out in nature.
Quotes, attributed to Ryan Smith:
“Making these videos with Parks Victoria, I looked to create the kind of resources I want - as a wheelchair user – when planning a visit somewhere.
Information provides confidence – especially if you have limited mobility and you’re arranging a trip.
Video is a great format for this too, it allows viewers to see for themselves the factors important to their situation – to view an environment based on their abilities. I’m really proud of this work and I hope it gives encouragement and peace of mind, so people can enjoy some of the beautiful parks in Victoria.”